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by PrestonSands
Oct 18 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Catalina Fire-Catalina State Park
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Catalina Fire-Catalina State Park

The northwest side of Catalina State Park is on fire tonight, with flames easily visible from Oracle Road. Likely affecting the 50 Year Trail area from my observation. From KVOA Tucson: A new wildfire is burning east of Oracle and Rancho Vistoso. Golder Ranch Fire officials say the Catalina Fire is ...
by PrestonSands
Sep 16 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Mt. Whitney Alternative
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: Mt. Whitney Alternative

@wallyfrack That was such a great trip! 😃
by PrestonSands
Sep 15 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Mt. Whitney Alternative
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: Mt. Whitney Alternative

@chumley Thank you! I don’t know California geography very well.
by PrestonSands
Sep 15 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Looking for a Hike
Topic: Mt. Whitney Alternative
Replies: 13
Views: 542

Re: Mt. Whitney Alternative

@SpiderLegs Do you know if there is a website that has current closure info for Mount Whitney?
by PrestonSands
Jul 26 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bush Fire
Replies: 154
Views: 7248

Re: Bush Fire

@sam_hikes
I saw that too last week. Maybe some sort of signal beacon for fire plane traffic?
by PrestonSands
Jun 28 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bush Fire
Replies: 154
Views: 7248

Re: Bush Fire

I got turned around at Bush Highway just after 87 closed a couple
of weeks ago. That fire was already a monster!
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by PrestonSands
Jun 28 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bush Fire
Replies: 154
Views: 7248

Re: Bush Fire

@Grasshopper Thanks Hank! Looks like they used 626 as a fire line and saved the forest up there. :) Maybe all those control burns on Ord’s summit over the years paid off.
by PrestonSands
Jun 06 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 169
Views: 7362

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

There’s a good bit of smoke coming up from the upper bowl between Table and Bighorn Mountains. There’s been a steady stream of aircraft dumping water and laying out retardant lines since late morning today. View from my front door:
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by PrestonSands
May 29 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6542
Views: 236821

Re: Mindless chit chat

There’s a steady light rain and occasional thunder on top of Pinal Peak right now.
by PrestonSands
Apr 18 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Trail Chat
Topic: Fish Creek Canyon tomorrow 8/23..water levels?
Replies: 22
Views: 1567

Re: Fish Creek Canyon tomorrow 8/23..water levels?

Has anyone happened to notice recently what the water levels are like in Fish Creek Canyon? (near/upstream of the bridge on the Apache Trail, specifically) Dry, stagnant, or flowing? Hoping to do some swimming up there soon, if there is any water left. Thanks!
by PrestonSands
Apr 18 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: 2018 Fire Restrictions
Replies: 105
Views: 8032

Re: 2018 Fire Restrictions

@Pivo
Stage 2 fire restrictions for Coronado are coming shortly...
by PrestonSands
Jul 17 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Fatalities
Topic: Flash Flood Fatalities Near Payson & East Verde Closure
Replies: 40
Views: 3290

Re: Flash Flood Fatalities Near Payson

I remember always hearing my friends refer to the Ellison Creek cascades area as "Cold Springs", back when I lived in Payson.
by PrestonSands
Jul 04 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Fire on Mt. Wrightson (Santa Rita Mtns)
Replies: 5
Views: 538

Re: Fire on Mt. Wrightson (Santa Rita Mtns)

Thank you for the updates! Scary times for our sky islands right now.
by PrestonSands
Jun 23 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: 2017 Frye Fire
Replies: 33
Views: 2801

Re: 2017 Frye Fire

I'm going to assume that the majority of the forest on the mountain will become a moonscape of blackened matchsticks, as most of the photos and reports coming out seem to show extensive tree torching and plumes. I really want to see more photos from up there, and some new infrared or progression map...
by PrestonSands
Jun 20 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Post Whitewater Baldy Fire Gila Wilderness NM
Replies: 16
Views: 886

Re: Post Whitewater Baldy Fire Gila Wilderness NM

@RedRoxx44 I look forward to seeing your photos and hearing a report on your visit to Redstone and the Hummingbird Spring area. I'm hoping aspens are making a comeback up there.
by PrestonSands
Jun 19 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Post Whitewater Baldy Fire Gila Wilderness NM
Replies: 16
Views: 886

Re: Post Whitewater Baldy Fire Gila Wilderness NM

@flagscott Very well then. Every forested mountain range I've cared about has had catastrophic fire damage in the last 20 years. Sure, this is all inevitable at this point, but I can't not care about these lands that are so much a part of who I am. My forests are dying and I'm devastated. This is m...
by PrestonSands
Jun 19 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Post Whitewater Baldy Fire Gila Wilderness NM
Replies: 16
Views: 886

Re: Post Whitewater Baldy Fire Gila Wilderness NM

Yes, "flagscott", there is another story. Stories from local Glenwood residents I spoke with disagree with your forest service link's statement about initial suppression efforts being aggressive. Oral accounts that are not "documented". I'm not looking to get into a debate with you. But I will say t...
by PrestonSands
May 14 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Pinals now shut down for the summer
Replies: 31
Views: 1792

Re: Pinals now shut down for the summer

This had better not go the way of the Juniper Fire, which did extensive damage to an already fire damaged Sierra Ancha. Save the forests from the Forest Service. Apache Leap is doomed and so may be my beloved Pinals due to prescribed fire in May (?!). I am livid, but my voice doesn't matter to fores...

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